Figure skater Jason Brown, who was chosen to represent the nation as a member of the 2014 U.S. Olympic team after snagging a surprise second place finish at nationals in January, tweeted a photo of himself showing off his overwhelming sense of national pride on Feb. 2. The move unwittingly cemented his status as one of the nation's most beloved freshman Olympians.
The photo features the affable 19-year old Brown standing on a couch, decked out head-to-toe in red, white and blue while clutching American flags and a USA sign. The message included reads "I always deck out at events...but I'm ready 2 take it 2 a whole new level! @USOlympic #biggestfan #GoUSA #Sochi2014"
Brown's wide-eyed wonder over earning just one of two berths available on the men's Olympic figure skating team alongside four-time U.S. champ Jeremy Abbott combined with his brilliant, undeniably artistic skating transformed him into an instant fan favorite. His now-famed ponytail has its own Twitter account, and his long program caught the attention of several notables including "Riverdance" composer Bill Whelan, who called it "just stunning."
Brown's participation in the newly implemented team competition at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games seems unlikely, since unlike Abbott, he's yet to arrive in Sochi, and the men's short program segment is set for Feb. 6. He will, however, take part in the men's individual event, which begins Feb. 13.
Brown and Abbott's fellow Olympic figure skating teammates include ladies' singles skaters Gracie Gold, Polina Edmunds, and Ashley Wagner; pairs Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir and Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay; and ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White, Madison Chock and Evan Bates, and siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani.